Another season but it’s the same old story as Gosport 147 started their Portsmouth Winter League fixtures with a maximum at Cowplain in division one.
The two-times champions have relocated to Gosport having left Fareham, but they have lost none of their potting ability.
Cowplain, known as Waterlooville B until their move, were no match for Mick Jurd’s outfit.
Colin Norton, Jordan Winbourne, Pete Oughton, Scott Stoneage and Danny Auld had too much fire-power – which is likely to be a common theme again this term.
Craneswater A had an easy ride at Al’s Club and returned home with a 9-3 haul, with Mike Talmondt, Steve Toms and Andy Boulton doing the damage.
The best frames, however, were in the Matt James versus Tony Hansford tussle.
The home man hit 44 and 41, while visiting skipper Hansford won his frame with a 49 break.
Copnor B are also in the top three after a double-figure triumph over Portchester X.
Steve Baldwin, Alan Wakefield, Iain Smith and Pascal Richard made the visitors pay with two apiece.
Post Office delivered an 8-4 win in their first match.
Steve Morgan scored for Copnor A but Matthew Paffett, John Sproates and Jamie Farrow despatched the visitors back down Stubbington Avenue.
Leigh Park are on top of the division two pile after winning 8-4 at Emsworth.
Danny Lumsden and Richie Burnett provided the fireworks to keep Nevile Moyle smiling.
Dave Glover, Bob Baldacchino and Tim Coombes made sure Copnor D got off to a winning start at the expense of Cowplain A.
Neil Stewart (40 break) and Dave Rees could not find much help from their team-mates.
Shaun Picton rolled in a 46 as Havant shared the spoils at Cowplain Gas.
Jim Baldwin and Tony May also did well for the visitors, before Paul Lees and Carl Fuggle squared it up at 6-6.
In division three, SESA took advantage of Craneswater Z being without their two stars.
Barry Branscombe’s team are now top after an 8-4 win at Highland Road.
Mark Restall and Simon Fleming gave the skip great support.
Matt Sheath and Karl Davies kept Alexandra in the match against Carlton, after doubles from the Hillsiders’ Roger Mo and Gary Marshall.
Leigh Park B lost again 7-5 as Copnor F pinched the points.
Dave Riddell and Dan Stapley were on target for the Workies, before John Oldfield, Pete Rook and Stacey Wearn pulled the veterans through.
It’s nice and tight so far in division four. Copnor Cue Stars are still in front despite a surprise 7-5 defeat over Doug Powell’s Cowplain B.
Bradley Wrench and Luke Dixon scored for the youngsters but experienced duo Rich Williams and Roy Steere had the final say. Ryan Clark and Mark Timmin bagged a brace apiece as Copnor G got their first win against Copnor Xcels.
The handicaps system looks good so far for creating close matches.
Iain Shuttle and Dave Weedon were at their best to help Cowplain to a 7-5 win over Top Spot. Matt Johnson kept it close but the Havant side have gone off the boil.
It was honours even in the Pompey Royals’ match with Copnor F.
George Garrett got the visitors off to a good start before Martyn Challacombe rubbed out his double late on.